Climate Action Film Competition

The climate crisis is scary, but there are a lot of people in Te Tai Tokerau taking action. Your short film will help other young people see cool projects happening now and foster hope and pathways to action.

Your five to seven-minute film will share the stories of a project. It might include an original musical or theatrical performance. See below for more information on prizes and for examples of projects underway now.

You will have term two in 2023 to complete your film.

There are two age groups, 9 to 13 years and 14 to 18 years.

Scroll down for the Entry form.

See the creating a film page for guidance.

Competition locations

This year, our competition runs in three locations or hubs, Dargaville, Kaikohe and Whangārei. Top place getters from these places will go to the Grand Final.

Contest criteria

Best story: Your film is inspiring and clearly shows how people in Tai Tokerau are working to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Film quality: Your film has clear audio and is skillfully edited.

Prizes will also be awarded for best Te Reo film and Peoples Choice.


Hub prizes:

Each age group will be awarded prizes.

1st prize: $200, 2nd prize: $100, 3rd Prize, $50

Grand final prizes:

1st prize: $1,000, 2nd prize: $500, 3rd Prize, $200

Te Reo prize: $500

Peoples Choice prize: $500


Friday July 8th 11.59pm – film hand in deadline. Please email your film to us in a MP4 format to (or contact us to arrange another way if that won’t work for you).

Weekend of July 15-16th – The hub finals. These will be held in Dargaville, Kaikohe and Whangārei. The exact locations and dates are to be confirmed. Hub prize winners and film makers going on to the Grand Final will be announced after the films screening.

Saturday July 22nd – The Grand Final! all the winners from the hub finals will be shown in the late afternoon/evening (exact times tbc). This will be at the ANZAC theatre in Dargaville, 37 Hokianga Road. The grand final winners will be announced after the films screening. We will have some amazing judges lined up for this, so its going to be an awesome night!

Make you mark these in your calendar and tell all your friends and family to as well, so they can come and see your films big screen debut!


Workshops will be held in Dargaville and Whangārei. They will include climate change information, how to develop your story, film-making, and editing. Locations and times will be added as they are confirmed. So keep checking this website and our facebook page for updates. Spaces are limited, so please email us if you are interested! we may hold more, if we run out of space for the first workshops.


Saturday May 20th 10am-2pm: filmmaking and storytelling

Saturday June 17th 10am-2pm: film editing


Sunday May 21st 10am-2pm: filmmaking and storytelling at 20-22 John street

Sunday June 18th 10am-2pm: film editing 

Exact venues are to be confirmed.

Conditions of entry:

  1. All films must be between 5-7 minutes. 
  2. There is no entry fee.
  3. Films must be presented in MP4 and emailed in or handed in on a USB drive. The email is It is the contestants responsibility to communicate with us if there are any issues, and to get their film handed in on time. The deadline is July 8th 2023 11.59pm. No late entries will be accepted.
  4. Entries will be shown on a large screenand at cinema. 
  5. Films must be an original piece of work, not previously exhibited for any festival or competition (excluding within the school curriculum) and completed in the previous 1 year from the deadline date. 
  6. Films must have a title card at the start of the film, stating the name of the film, the age category in which it is entered and the school name (if applicable). 
  7. Copyright of films remains with the entrant, but the entrant undertakes to grant in perpetuity the right for The Climate Change Tai Tokerau Northland Trust (CCTNT) and The Dargaville Community Cinema Charitable Trust (DCCCT) to screen the film at no cost, and to use all or part of the film in future promotional material.  
  8. It is the responsibility of the Entrant(s) to ensure that any images, film and/or music are copyright free or obtain the consent of the owner and pay any royalties due.
  9. It is the responsibility of the Entrant(s) to ensure that all necessary permissions have been granted to them to film the people and locations featured in their film. 
  10. The judges’ decision is final. The judges will be decided by the film competition organisers and coordinators.  Your film may be either a fictional story or a story about real people and events
  11. Prizes will be awarded based on the following criteria: Your film is inspiring and clearly shows how people in Tai Tokerau are responding to climate change. Judging will also be based on: entertainment value, originality /creativity, Story / Continuity/ Theme, Cinematography, Performance/s, Audio, Music and Sound Effects and technical ability including editing. Use of Te Reo is not required but will be considered for a separate prize.
  12. Each age group will be awarded prizes: The prizes are as follows: At the Hub/location viewing the prizes are: 1st prize: $200, 2nd prize: $100, 3rd Prize, $50. The Grand final prizes are: 1st prize: $1,000, 2nd prize: $500, 3rd Prize, $200. Te Reo prize: $500. People’s Choice prize: $500. The People’s choice award will be decided by an audience voting system at the grand final event. 
  13. In the unlikely event that there be insufficient entries for any category,  the judges at their sole discretion, may decide to alter the prizes advertised.
  14. The dates, times and locations of the film screenings are at the discretion of the competition organisers. The dates are on the website (weekend of July 15-16th 2023 for the hub finals. Saturday July 22nd 2023 for the Grand Final.) and may be subject (but unlikely) to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Entrants are highly encouraged to attend these events, but it is not required. If they cannot make it, this will not factor into the judging of their film and their chance of winning will not be diminished.